- Subject index
`This book represents a significant intervention and, as such, should be used on numerous cultural studies courses. In its intellectual honesty and clarity Tudor's book will stand as an authoritative basis for further developments in the coming years' - David Chaney Decoding Culture offers a concise and accessible account of the development of cultural studies from the late 1950s to the 1990s. Focusing on the significant theoretical and methodological assumptions that have informed the cultural studies project - the text: covers the key thinkers and key perspectives including, structuralism and post-structuralism, Screen theory, the Birmingham School, and audience analysis; offers a timely corrective t
Chapter 4: Situating Subjects
The passage that we must now negotiate is that from structuralism to post-structuralism. It is not a passage through clear, calm seas, nor are its ports of embarkation and destination precisely mapped. Although Chapter 3 has given us some sense of the topography of Saussurian structuralism, as we also saw in that chapter Saussure's French interpreters soon began to extend his principles in unexpected directions. Quite when they crossed the line into ‘post-structuralism’ is unclear, so much so that I am tempted not to use the expression at all without the ironic protection afforded by quotation marks. Post-structuralism is an all too elastic concept. Rather like the famous post-Impressionist exhibition once mounted in London's Royal Academy and, to this bemused spectator at ...